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Exam Board: CACHE
This course provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. This includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It gives learners an insight into their preferred learning styles and assists in developing their ability to study.
There are 3 units:
Units 1 and 2 are internally assessed coursework grades A* to D, while unit 3 is externally assessed through a short answer question.
Assessment: 50% examination, 50% controlled assessment.
Exam Board: Edexcel
BTEC Nationals are vocational qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. This course offers students the opportunity to learn about concepts related to human development, health, safety, security, issues such as equality, diversity and the various social care and health care provisions in the UK. The Extended Certificate requires students to complete four units over 2 years. These are assessed via external exams and internal marked coursework. These include compulsory units:
Assessment: 50% external exam and 50% coursework.
Exam Board: NCFE CACHE
This qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. Upon achievement of the qualification, learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education.
The course has 750 hours of real work environment experience that will be assessed through placement hours and observations.
Assessment: Portfolio of evidence – graded A*-D.
These are internally assessed. Professional Practice Portfolio – graded Achieved / Not Yet Achieved; Synoptic assessments at the end of each year. This is externally set and externally assessed. These contribute 30.8% towards the final qualification grade for the diploma.
Units 1-7 are completed during the first year and Units 9-14 are completed during the second year.
Term 1: Unit 2 - Outline the three key child development theories.
Term 2: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of physical development (task 1).
Term 3: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of intellectual development (task 1).
Term 4: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of language development (task 1).
Term 5: Unit 2 - Describe the expected pattern of social and emotional development (task 1).
Term 6: Unit 2 - Evaluation of observation methods (task 2).
Term 1: Unit 2 - Explain ways observations can support development (task 2).
Term 2: Unit 2 - Factors that affect holistic development (task 3).
Term 3: Unit 2 - Activities to support care needs and well-being (task 4).
Term 4: Unit 2 - Transitions and the effect they can have on a child's development and ways a childcare worker can support the child (task 5).
Term 5: Unit 1 - Roles and responsibilities of a child care worker and the consequences of not maintaining them (task 2).
Term 6: Unit 1 - Identify study skills and learning styles (task 4).
Term 1: Unit 1 - Preparation for working in a child care provision (task 2).
Unit 3 - preparation and revision for the first attempt at the short answer examination.
Term 2: Unit 1 - Roles and responsibilities of a childcare worker and the concequences of maintaining them (task 2).
Term 3: Identify how to meet the individual needs of children and the responsibility of the childcare worker
linked to inclusion and diversity (task 4).
Term 4: Unit 1 and 2 reflection and upgrades through revision for the short answer examination.
Term 5: Unit 1 and 2 reflection and upgrades through revision for the short answer examination.
Term 6: Unit 3 - Examination resit for those who require it.
Unit 1 Human Lifespan Development
Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and Their Care
Unit 2 Working in Health and Social Care
Unit 5 Meeting individual Care and Support Needs
Unit 14 Physiological Disorders and their care
Unit 1 - Child development from conception to seven years
Unit 2 - Children's health and well-being
Unit 3 - Providing safe environments for children
Unit 4 - Child health
Unit 5 - Play and learning
Unit 6 - Understanding children's additional needs
Unit 7 - Observation, assessment and planning
CCE1 - Synoptic exam based on Units 1-7
Unit 9 - Supporting emergent literacy
Unit 10 - Supporting emergent mathematics
Unit 11 - Preparing for school readiness
Unit 12 - International perspectives
Unit 13 - Reflective practice for professional development
Unit 14 - Professional partnerships in Early Years
DCE2 - Synoptic exam based on Units 9-14
Unit 16 - Professional Practice Portfolio
Government Department of Health
Health and Safety Executive
Equal Opportunities Commission
Royal National Institute of Blind People
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Skills for Health
SBillingham et al – BTEC National Health and Social Care Student Book 1 (Pearson, 2016) ISBN 978 129212 601 2
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